MILKYWAY - Up, Up And Away (Home Demos 1993-2002) (Digipak CD)
01. In Love
03. Shine (Go To California)
04. My Groovy Love
06. Silly Things
07. My Favourite Girlfriend
08. Radio Milkyway
09. Fizzy Dizzy
10. I Know
13. Magic People
One of the collections we are treating like our favorite child at Elefant and the one that has been most well-received by our followers is 'Recuerdos que olvidé' (Memories I Forgot), which collects demos and previously unreleased recordings from some of our favorite groups. We inaugurated the collection with AEROLINEAS FEDERALES, continued with NOSOTRÄSH, and now our 3rd release is nothing less than a limited-edition copy of MILKYWAY’s first demos, which were mostly recorded before the start of LA CASA AZUL.
'Up, Up And Away (Home Demos 1993-2002)' is full of great songs and huge hits that are so typical of our songwriter. What’s amazing here is how, in 1993, in a room, with an analog 4-track (for the songs from before 1996) and a digital 8-track (the songs after 1996), there are already songs as incredible as 'Over' - the final track on this album – almost 10 years before LA CASA AZUL’s first full-length was released.
14 songs that highlight all the things we now know about Guille: his versatility, his wide range of styles, his unlimited imagination, and his inimitable personality when it comes to writing great pop melodies. But there are also surprises in each and every one of the songs:
'In Love' first appeared on MILKYWAY’s debut CD-Single on Annika, echoing 60s soft pop from the 60s, 'Julie' starts the first danceable beats, with one of those impossible structures that jumps from URSULA 1000 to FRANCE GALL, from SAINT ETIENNE to THE BEACH BOYS.
'Shine (Go To California)' is a delicious house specialty, as if THE LEFT BANK went to a party that inexplicably ends blowing up in that techno-pop ending, owing so much to J-Pop. 'My Groovy Love' moves to the beat of sweet Eurodisco, 'Fence' is THE LEFT BANKE holding hands with LOVIN’ SPOONFUL.
'Silly Things' is funk, disco, techno-pop like PIZZICATO FIVE meet KRAFTWERK, 'My Favourite Girlfriend' is another surprise with an acoustic guitar and more folk tones, like a mix of DONOVAN, LAURA NYRO and SIMON & GARFUNKEL.
'Radio Milkyway' is an anthem - home-grown techno-pop to eurodisco, from CAPSULE to HELEN LOVE, from BIS to THE HUMAN LEAGUE - this tremendous sing-along hit has special meaning on this album. 'Fizzy Dizzy' is another song from the 'In Love EP' - electro, disco, techno, house - then 'I Know' dives into the sunniest, most elegant part of MILKYWAY, sunshine-pop sponsored by BURT BACHARACH, HENRY MANCINI and THE BEACH BOYS.
'Bubblegum' is euro-pop and dream-pop, 'Feelings' is a new unforgettable chorus like PET SHOP BOYS, DEEE-LITE, NEW ORDER. 'Magic People' - yes, we were missing the vocoders, so we could begin to come full circle - somewhere between SCISSOR SISTERS and ERASURE, OMD and ANDREAS DORAU comes this new magical dance-floor hit.
'Over' - toy-like sequencers, samba, electronic deconstruction, is the oldest song by Guille - it’s a surprising song with a noticeable dark side, a chorus full of Brazilian echoes but opens little by little to the positivity and light typical of his songs.
We have proof once again that what Guille has is not inspiration - it's much more than that - something innate, intuitive and incredible.